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What's the Difference Between Room-Darkening Shades, Light-Filtering Shades and Blackout Shades?

Custom shades in Raleigh offer you extra capability to handle the concentration of daylight in your residence or business. They might also add to your comfort and might even help shrink your energy costs.

But there are a few crucial differences in how these window treatments modify natural light, especially when it pertains to styles and fabric choices.

That’s why there’s an advantage to collaborating with a design specialist like Louver Shop of Raleigh. Our consultants are skilled when it comes to these variations so they can assist you in making the ideal decision for your space.

You can check out window treatment samples from the comfort of your living room during a free, in-home consultation. You can ask for one by contacting us online or by reaching us at 888-428-1415. There’s no pressure, and we’ll aid you in finding a model that matches your home.

Light-filtering, room-darkening and blackout shades are among the best-selling models we provide by Hunter Douglas. But how are you sure which feature is right for your space? Here are the discrepancies between how these window treatments take care of sunshine.

 

Light Filtering Shades

This means having more management over how sunlight gets into and brightens your home.

Light-filtering shades convert glaring natural light into a light glow. This illuminates more of your space and lowers the reliance on artificial lighting. It may also be better looking, giving a area a put together impression rather than a patchwork of shady and brighter spots.

Light filtration can also be managed by the window treatment you choose. Sheer shades and honeycomb shades will lighten. Any kind of opaque shades will bar more sunlight from entering your home.

These fabrics deliver a wide degree of privacy. Letting natural light into your home doesn’t mean you should feel unsheltered from the rest of the world.

Room Darkening Shades

Room darkening is a type between light filtering and blackout. While it offers more balance than light filtering, it doesn’t completely obscure the natural light from your residence.

You can use a room-darkening window treatment, like Roman shades, to reduce the sun on a TV screen or keep bedrooms darkened.

Controlling sunlight with roller and solar shades is also a great step to decrease your energy bill during the summer. Cellular shades, a popular energy-saving option, can be customized in a rolling model to make raising them even easier.

These shades are a good style if you want enhanced privacy than what more sheer fabrics can give.

Blackout Shades

This is superior to room darkening and bars nearly all sunlight from entering your home.

Blackout shades are good options for:

  • Home cinemas
  • Bedrooms
  • Rooms with items that need light protection, including artwork
 
You can choose from styles including Roman, honeycomb and roller shades.
 
These shades are often made with a darkened backing or supplemental lining to stop sunshine. They are installed securely to windows to stop sunshine from coming through.
 
 

Shades Designed for Your Home

Whether you want soft daylight or need to make your room darker, there’s a Louver Shop of Raleigh shade that will work for you. We offer the most up-to-date styles from Hunter Douglas with automatic operating systems you can move with your smartphone.

To find out more about which window treatment is right for your home, schedule a free, in-home consultation with us now by calling 888-428-1415 or contacting us online. We’ll bring the shades to you so you can decide on the best selection for your family.

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